This is a great recipe for school lunches, after-school snacks or for a casual party nibble. This recipe makes a huge bowl, but keeps well in an air-tight container for a couple of days—if you hide it well.
Not only does this recipe satisfy that sweet-salty combo that we all love in our snacks, it also includes hemp seeds and nutritional yeast for added nutritional boost.
Popcorn in and of itself is not an unhealthy snack choice. In fact, in it’s basic form, popcorn is a whole grain with all the healthy benefits of natural fibre.
It’s really about how we prepare it. If you pop it in highly refined oils, slather it in butter and table salt, you are destroying any nutritional benefit. But, if you air pop it, or pop it in a healthier oil on your stove top and are selective with how you flavour it (if at all), you can snack almost guilt-free.
How to Pop It
As with what you top it impacting the health benefits of popcorn as a snack, how you pop it makes a difference. I never, ever use microwave popcorn–in addition to the number of ingredients required to make popcorn (which only really requires heat to pop it), the packaging contains a bunch of suspect chemicals that are actually harmful to your health. Check out this link for more information.
The best ways to pop your popcorn are with an air popper or on the stove top. My preferred method is the stove top, I find it quicker, less noisy (which means I can make it at night after the kids go to bed) and one less appliance I need.
Making Stove Top Popcorn
- Take a large, heavy bottom pot with a fitted lid and heat a large element on the stove top to medium-high (6 out of 10 on my stove).
- Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or avocado oil (both can withstand high heat) with the lid on for 2 minutes.
- Drop 2 kernels of corn in the pot, put the lid on and wait for them to pop. This tells me my pot is ready for all the kernels.
- Remove the 2 popped kernels (so they don’t burn) and add in 1/4 cup of kernels. Cover with the lid and start shaking.
- Keep shaking this popping pot until the popping slows down and there is a 20 second wait between pops.
- Remove from heat, turn element off and remove lid.
Honestly, it tastes amazing just like this–but if you are used to salt or flavouring then load it up with nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt. If you want a little more decadence, drizzle with a little (1/2 tsp) of good quality olive oil.
To make it even more amazing, try this Sweet and Salty Popcorn recipe below.